Steadfast Faith

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 “And then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the Temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”

Luke 2:37

Steadfast faith.

Anna lived at the Temple after her husband of seven years died. With no known family or children, she most likely relied on the charity of others to survive. Despite life’s difficulties, she remained faithful to the Lord. When Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple for purification according to the Mosiac Law, the prophetess recognized the Messiah.

“And coming up at that very hour, she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.” Luke 2:28

Immediately upon recognizing Jesus, Anna began sharing the good news about Jerusalem’s redemption through Christ. When we meet Jesus, we can’t help but share what we find. Transformational faith frees us from the bondage of sin and gives us a new life filled with different choices and second chances. The change within our spirit causes us to want everyone to experience the unconditional love, grace, and mercy God offers.

The old widow spent decades fasting and praying at the Temple, her steadfast faithfulness rewarded by meeting Jesus in the flesh. Who knows the lives she touched for the Kingdom because of her unwavering faith and disciplined lifestyle? Instead of wallowing in her pain, Anna gave it to the Lord, dedicating her life to Him. She spent more time widowed than married; God met all her needs as she devoted her life to Him.

God never leaves us nor forsakes us. In our darkest moments, He holds us in the palm of His hand. Fasting and praying help strengthen our connections with the Almighty, opening our hearts to His desires and aligning our will with His. Often, we don’t understand God’s work, but we trust its goodness. Someday, we will see the whole picture, but until then, faith helps us persevere.

When Anna suffered loss, she went to her Creator for comfort. Under life’s shifting sands, we can stand firmly on the Rock. Change happens every day, whether we like it or not. Today may seem like yesterday, but they differ. Standing on God’s firm foundation helps us embrace life’s constant change. Like Anna, we can find comfort in the arms of the Savior, placing our trust in Him.

Journal Questions:

  • How can I apply today’s devotion to my life?
  • What area of hurt do I need to give to the Lord today?
  • How can I proclaim the good news of Jesus to the world?


Lord, thank You for never leaving nor forsaking us. As we fast and pray, seeking You, let us feel Your firm foundation in our lives. As life’s changes swirl around us, let us feel grounded in You.  Help us persevere through the day’s challenges, knowing You have a good plan for our lives, and with each day that passes, it unfolds. Help us live life fully and completely in You.  IJNIP. Amen

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